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Speak Your Mind: Screens Everywhere!

I spend most of my free time in front of a screen. I’m either writing blog posts, answering emails, obsessing over Tumblr, or vegging out in front of the TV. Often, I’m doing all of these and more at the same time. I know there was a time when I didn’t do this, but I can’t really remember it.

So last week’s episode of Parks and Recreation really hit home. A little too close, actually. To the uninitiated, Parks and Recreation is an American sitcom that follows the exploits of Leslie Knope, the deputy director of the Department of Parks and Recreation in Pawnee, Indiana. Last week, Leslie’s coworker, Tom, was ordered by the court to a screen-free week after he crashes his car into a fire hydrant while tweeting. Here’s a taste of Tom’s Internet attachment.

Are you attached to your screens? Is there a website you’ll spend hours on without even thinking about it? Do you think the ubiquity of tablets and smart phones are changing the way you interact with the real world? Do you make time to be away from the screens?

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Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

1 Comment

  1. October 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm —

    Among my group of people, this is known as the “glowing rectangle” phenomenon. In general, I tend to use mine (smartphone and laptop) too much, but have acknowledged the problem, which is the first step to recovery. Also, I’m a college student and a blogger, and so all my friends are on the computer… which makes unplugging harder. No particular websites I get addicted to, but I will scroll through science on my Google Reader for far too long. I try to take time away from the screens anytime I can get real sustained face-to-face with people, but as soon as I come back it’s back to the Internet realms. So… there’s that. I still think I spend less time on the screens than most people my age, though, so go figure that one.

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